Understanding Third World Politics, Third Edition

Understanding Third World Politics, Third Edition

Theories of Political Change and Development
B. C. Smith
Distribution: Canada and United States of America
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Format: Paperback 1 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-22104-9
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Now in its third edition, Understanding Third World Politics is a comprehensive, critical introduction to key political theories and controversies in international development for students in Third World politics, political and economic development, and comparative government courses. B. C. Smith reviews the shared and increasingly diverse experiences of developing societies, debates about the nature of imperialism, and the usefulness and limitations of the term "Third World" as an organizing concept. He evaluates explanations of political change and theorizes the character and dynamics of political institutions and the instabilities they face today.

Author Bio

B. C. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Dundee. He is author of Bureaucracy and Political Power.

Reviews

“Now in its third edition, this comprehensive introduction to key political theories and controversies in international development reviews the shared and increasingly diverse experiences of developing societies, debates about the nature of imperialism, and the usefulness and limitations of the term "Third World" as an organizing concept. ”

“A comprehensive, critical introduction to political development and comparative politics in the non-Western world today. This new edition gives special attention to the problems and challenges faced by developing nations as they become democratic states by addressing questions of political legitimacy, consensus building, religion, ethnicity, and class. ". . . this masterful and concise volume overviews the range of approaches social scientists have applied to explain events in the Third World." —Journal of Developing Areas [on first edition]”

““His work will provide not only an excellent review of this literature, but a thoughtful critical evaluation that taken as a whole constitutes a valuable presentation of the current state of Third World studies.” —Journal of Third World Studies “ . . . a volume well suited to be a textbook for a college-level survey course . . . ” —WorldViews “. . . masterful and concise . . . ” —Journal of Developing Areas “. . . an important critical introduction to the theories, issues, and controversies that constitute the field of third world politics.” —Journal of Third World Studies A critical introduction to theories of political development and the comparative politics of the Third World, including an overview of the nature of the Third World; theories of the origins and evolution of the Third World; assessments of attempts to theorize political institutions in Third World states; and an examination of the widespread instability of these states.”

“This masterful and concise volume overviews the range of approaches social scientists have applied to explain events in the Third World. Controversial conceptualizations such as dependency, authoritarianism, and modernization are insightfully juxtaposed. The resulting comparison and contrast of theories provides a useful summary of relevant analyses produced by academics during the decades since the 1940s.”
 — Journal of Developing Areas

“Smith's work provides not only an excellent review of the literature, but a thoughtful critical evaluation that taken as a whole constitutes a valuable presentation of the current state of Third World studies.”
 — Journal of Third World Studies

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Table of Contents

1. The Idea of a "Third World"
2. Modernization and Political Development
3. Neo-Colonialism and Dependency
4. The State in the Third World
5. Political Parties and Party Systems
6. Bureaucracy and Political Power
7. Military Intervention in Politics
8. Nationalism and Succession
9. Instability and Revolution
10. Democratization in the Third World
11. Conclusion